Heritage Preservation

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415



Heritage Preservation


Heritage preservation helps preserve the community’s unique identity, culture, and character by protecting significant historic resources from the city’s past. Community interest in preservation has resulted in over 1,200 designated properties, including over 160 landmarks and 15 historic districts.

Landmarks and historic districts enhance the city’s unique identity, quality of life, and economic vitality. CPED staff coordinates with the Heritage Preservation Commission to review rehabilitation, repair, new construction, and demolition requests for designated properties and historic resources. CPED staff and the Heritage Preservation Commission also conduct ongoing research of eligible sites and districts, evaluate the significance of buildings and districts, and recommend the designation of historic properties.

Participate in our Preservation Photo Contest to Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month!

Landmarks and Districts Map


All modifications to designated properties require review by CPED staff. On small projects limited to minor alterations of a designated property, CPED staff can conduct preservation reviews administratively. On larger projects that include major alterations of a designated property, CPED staff conducts reviews and prepares recommendations that are presented at public hearings before the Heritage Preservation Commission. Review is commonly limited to only exterior alterations to a property, although a few properties also require interior alteration review if their interior is designated.

Application for Certificate of No Change

Heritage Preservation Application

Nomination Application

Preservation Appeal Application

Conservation District Plan Application

Design Guidelines for On-Premise Signs and Awnings

A Guide to Heritage Preservation in Minneapolis

Current Studies

  • Homewood Potential Historic District – Homewood subdivision (bounded by Penn Avenue on the east, Theodore Wirth Park on the west, Plymouth Avenue on the north, and Oak Park Avenue on the south) – Alexandr Young 612-673-2118
  • Minneapolis Armory – 500 6th ST S – Brian Schaffer 612-673-2670
  • Tilsenbilt Homes Potential Historic District – various addresses - Andrew Frenz 612-673-3790
  • Sumner T. McKnight Mansion - 2200 Park Avenue - Paul Mogush 612-673-2074
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church - 5100 James Avenue North – Suado Abdi 612-673-2467
  • Arthur & Edith Lee House - 4600 Columbus Avenue – Lisa Steiner 612-673-3950
  • Pillsbury Snyder Mansion - 2118 Blaisdell Avenue South - Brian Schaffer 612-673-2670
  • 4400 Lyndale Ave N - 4400, 4401, 4420 and 4430 Lyndale Ave N - Jim Voll 612-673-3887
  • Electric Steel Elevator - 600 25th Ave SE & 649 26th Ave SE - Haila Maze 612-673-2098

Upcoming Events

  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards
  • Walking and Biking Tours - Please visit the Preserve Minneapolis website for updates and information on the walking and biking tour schedule.
  • Tilsenbilt Homes Design Guideline Meeting

    Community discussions, started in 2015, about how to best recognize and honor the history of the Tilsenbilt homes, the first FHA-backed integrated housing development in the nation, has resulted in their nomination as a historic district. While the required designation study is being completed, please consider attending a meeting to develop design guidelines, used to ensure properties retain their ability to communicate their historical significance while allowing property owners to maintain and update their homes in a reasonable manner.

    Tilsenbilt Homes Design Guideline Meeting
    Wednesday, May 11th, 6:30-8pm
    St. Peters AME Church, 401 E 41st St

    Contact Andrew Frenz, 612-673-3790 with questions.
  • Native American Context Statement & Reconnaissance-Level Survey Supplement Meeting #2

    Thanks to a National Park Service grant awarded by the Minnesota State Office of Historic Preservation, the City of Minneapolis is developing a history of Native Americans in our community, and identifying historically significant sites associated with this shared heritage.

    At our initial meeting on March 8 we received great input on the people, places, and events essential to understanding this history. Please consider reviewing the first, draft, sample chapter of this history. Let us know any ideas, concerns, or questions that you may have at our next meeting:

    Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Minneapolis American Indian Center
    1530 East Franklin Avenue

    If you cannot make this meeting or have questions, please contact us via e-mail, U.S. Mail, or telephone:|

    John Smoley                                                Christine McDonald
    612-673-2830                                               612-849-2386
    Since this is the only the first, draft chapter of the history, we’re especially interested in your thoughts related to the tone and terminology used, as well as the content itself. Please submit all comments by April 17 to ensure we can take your ideas into account as we complete this study. 


Last updated Apr 29, 2016